The newly formed Swinton Lionesses have appointed former England International Martina Greenwood as their Head Coach.
She had been the Head Coach at Halifax, where she helped them reach the Championship.
Reacting to the news, she said: “Having enjoyed coaching in junior set ups in both the male and female game, I then took the opportunity to become the first ever female Head Coach at Halifax RFLC Women’s Team.
“I was then extremely proud when our Halifax team achieved promotion in its first season.
“However, I am now thrilled to be taking on this brand new role at Swinton Lions with the Lionesses. I look forward to the new challenges ahead, and to developing the game of rugby league for women and girls in the Swinton and Manchester area.”
Damian Ridpath, the Lions Director of Development, added, “We are delighted to have recruited Martina as Head Coach for the Lionesses.
“Once it was apparent that she was available we moved quickly to discuss our ambitions with Martina.
“We discovered that Martina shares a similar vision for the development of the female game, and we were absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome her into the Swinton Lions Family.
“Martina’s track record is evident not just within a range of successful coaching posts, but she also has a tremendous insight as to how to develop and design pathways that will improve players of all abilities and ages.
“This wide-ranging knowledge and expertise, combined with Martina’s leadership skills, will ensure our Women’s and Girl’s structure moving forward will be amongst the best rugby league has to offer.”
Their first training sessions will take place on 17th January next year at Folly Lane Rugby club.